[sur-kuh m-noo-teyt, -nyoo-]
verb (used without object), cir·cum·nu·tat·ed, cir·cum·nu·tat·ing.
(of the apex of a stem or other growing part of a plant) to bend or move around in an irregular circular or elliptical path.
Origin of circumnutate
1875–80; circum- + nutate < Latin nūtātus, past participle of nūtāre to nod in assent, sway, totter
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